ACE IT at the Get Up +Go Awards 2010

The annual Get Up +Go programme, hosted by City of Edinburgh Council, brings together under one banner an outstanding network of organisations and community groups working with older people.

The climax of each year’s programme is the Get Up +Go awards which seeks to recognise and reward all the hard work undertaken across the city with regards to improving the lives of our older citizens.

ACE IT were delighted to be nominated for this year’s awards by Evelyn Harrison, a former participant of the basic computer training course, who has recently been undertaking the more advanced training sessions provided at the new ACE IT computer suite on Edinburgh’s famous George Street.

“I can best express my appreciation and admiration for the work of ACE IT by referring to my own experiences of their training programme.” Evelyn said as part of her nomination. “It proved to be a special blend of encouragement and support, and an orderly presentation of information with opportunities to consolidate new skills, all greatly enhanced with touches of humour, and unfailing patience and courtesy.”

(Second Left – Evelyn Harrison who nominated ACE IT for the awards)

ACE IT Chief Executive Jenny Ridge attended the award ceremony, which was held at the Harvey Nichols store in St Andrew Square.

“The awards are an important part of Edinburgh’s community services social calendar.” Said Jenny. “Not only do the nominations reflect the importance of the programme in delivering services to the 50+ age group but it is also a great opportunity to meet up and network with friends and colleagues from other groups and organisations working with the same aims and objectives – To encourage and engage with older people across the capital.”

On the night ACE IT were selected as winners of the ‘Products and/or Services that make a Difference’ category. Other winners included ‘Ageing Well’ and ‘New Spin’ both of which received ‘Outstanding Contribution’ awards. Councillor Deidre Brock, the city’s culture and leisure leader, said “Edinburgh is home to some truly inspirational individuals and groups who devote huge amounts of time and energy towards making older peoples’ lives better and helping them to overcome the many barriers they face.”

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